‘Wounding and healing are not opposites. They’re part of the same thing. It is our wounds that enable us to be compassionate with the wounds of others. It is our limitations that make us kind to the limitations of other people. It is our loneliness that helps us to to find other people or to even know they’re alone with an illness. I think I have served people perfectly with parts of myself I used to be ashamed of”.
So says Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen in this insightful quote.
Just think – we can use our experiences of bipolar disorder to be more compassionate towards others, encountering their vulnerability with our own deep wounds. And so we can turn the myriad negatives of bipolar disorder into some very powerful positives; there is meaning in our suffering.